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that it took us a decade to get into the problem that we're in right now. "the wall street journal" came out with a report based on census information that the years from 2001 to 2009, the middle class actually saw their wages decline by 5%. this is before the financial crisis. so these have been some long-term trends of the middle class having a lot of problems out there. what we've got to do now is to reverse it. but something that took ten years to create is going to take a little more time to solve. >> i've heard you give that turnaround message you just gave many times. >> right. >> let me ask about your assessment of the challenge and communicating that to the american people. we all identify with people like ourselves. do you think it's possible that because of your style or the unusual things about your background, your racial heritage, where you grew up, ivy league education, that the fearful voters who are about to go to the polls in november think, yes, i hear him, he may get it intellectually, but he doesn't feel what i'm feeling. >> here's my suspicion. i think when the unemploy
. >> that's exactly why -- >> how you used to be a witch? >> because i dabbled into witchcraft. i hung around people who were doing these things. >> having fun? >> i'm not making this stuff up. i know what they told me they do. how many of you didn't hang out with questionable folks in high school? but, there's been no witchcraft since. if there was, karl rove would be a supporter now. >> there woo we have the original statement in 1999. how to this wcheekend's rebutta of that. kelly what do we make? is this a quick way of dispelling that video clip from 1999, to make light of it this weekend? when i talked to christine about various clips, not this one in particular, she says that she was trying to be a pundit and entertaining guest when she appeared on bill maher's show about two dozen times in the late '90s. when you talk about things like witchcraft, when trying to be a credible, serious candidate, 11 years later that is difficult. she did try to make light of it and to brush it off as activities that she did when she was in high school and then trying to have kind of the political
are not anti-wall zreet or business. >> what has made us successful over the long term is we have the most dynamic free market economy in the world. government can't create the majority of jobs. in fact, we want to get out of the way of folks who have a great idea and want to run with it. >> john harwood moderated the town hall, which will reair right here on msnbc. a lot of ground was covered in an hour's worth of time. explain to us the main points the president was trying to drive home. >> well, i think it's the balancing act, thomas, that you identified a few moments ago. he's got to reassure business, which has a lot of cash on their balance sheets that's not being invested that could be a key to growth that they should have confidence in him. they should not see him has somebody attacking him. he has to convince ordinary people he's not too pro business. we had a poll that said most people think he's helping investment banks and large wall street institutions rather than him. it's not easy for him. he kept to his stance on tax cuts. we have a debate on whether the bush tax cuts shoul
to feel comfortable with. so they want to point out these contrasts and say democrats have taken us in the last two years is where we want to continue to go. we know there is a ways to go in produ reducing unemployment rates, but they think it will take the company backwards in a reverse direction. >> the president is attending a campaign party for sestak today. how does the white house pick the races in which the president is going to get involved as opposed to the ones where he's not going to show up for those candidates? >> well, certainly there is a lot of things that they're considering when they decide where to send the president. they want to send him to places where they believe he'll be effective, and certainly you have some races in some areas where the candidate doesn't really want to be tied too closely to the president because of the region they're in and what the voters there want to see. but in a place like here, philadelphia, you have a race with sestak and pat toomey and it's a pretty tight race. you have a lot of democrats across the state of pennsylvania, so they'
is author of the book "renegade, making of the president" and he joins us from the white house. we should say, richard, the white house is denying this, but even if they aren't thinking about the ads, are they thinking about how the tea party works into their strategy for the fall midterms? >> reporter: well, it's hard for anyone not to think about these kind of things but the white housen sifts there is no truth behind the story, they are sticking to their strategy of pointing out the sharp differences on economic policy. remember, the president's doing this town hall, cnbc town hall, hater this morning, and what they want to point out is the other side has the set of policies tried before and failed, if they say, if the individual candidates in their races want to go out and point out these differences, about the tea party, about a republican party that's out of the mainstream, they're free to go ahead and do that, but that's not the message coming out of the white house for this election. >> so the message from a former president, i guess you could even say is a little bit nuisanced. l
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